A historic old family home on South Lakeview Drive was heavily damaged by fire Thursday but nobody was injured in the incident, said Ware County Fire Capt. Brian Varnadore.
Firefighters were summoned to 2847 South Lakeview Drive at 11 a.m. Thursday. They arrived on the scene at 11:07 and had the fire under control by 11:37 a.m.
Ware County Public Works director Michael Brooks was first to see the fire and call 9-1-1, said Varnadore.
Off-duty firefighter, Capt. Joe McPhaul, was passing by and saw fire coming out the back window and also called 9-1-1 to report the fire.
The owner of the house is Bud Tatum. The present occupant is Robbie Henderson.
Varnadore said something in the kitchen started the fire but an exact origin has not been determined. Damage was estimated at about $30,000.
“It was a fat lightered house with a common kitchen. The fire quickly spread through the attic and through the roof,” said Varnadore. “The kitchen sustained most of the damage.”
Varnadore said the Boggy Bay Fire Station responded quickly. Firefighters from Station I, the Ware County Structure Team and the Ware State Prison fire crew also responded to assist. Ware County Emergency Medical Service staff were standing by to assist if needed, as were deputies with the Ware County Sheriff’s Department.
Varnadore said the house was the old family home of Charles Thrift.
Varnadore was in charge of the fire suppression effort.